Potato Investment

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An opinion on investment

Potato Investment

People dream to gain many from few, so they buy shares or do gambling, both of which holds a probability of failure. However, not many people realize that there is an easier way to achieve this. By being more diligent and patient, they do not need to risk loosing their principal.

 If one places a potato in dirt, and waters it regularly, a number of potatoes shall be what one discovers months later. Perhaps many know this piece of primitive knowledge, few thought it as a form of investment. Investment of what, one may ask, certainly not finance investment. Of course, no, but one will be rolling in the potatoes and self-pride, which by comparison, seems to be more realistic than in the abstract ‘money’. When I speak ‘potatoes’, I do not mean hundreds or thousands of them, but just enough to fulfill the huger of an individual, and only under such circumstance do joy come with them. Otherwise, it becomes a duty, an alternative method to gain money, that is, a burden.

 When one grows potatoes or other vegetables or fruits, not only should one expect to harvest the edibles, but also to harvest things such as content, happiness, or proudness. Surely the material accomplishment is trivial, but the spiritual wealth is immense, as opposed to a mere winning of a bet, or selling of a risen share. So, why not grow many from few?  

 


Submitted: October 22, 2011

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Tomato logic. I disagree with your premise and observation. I have grown Tomatoes (not potatoes) and other vegetables, I have both won and lost in the stock market, and I have borrowed capital to start a business. So I have experienced first hand the areas of which you speak.

My bountiful harvests of tomatoes were not only enjoyed by my family but by my relatives and neighbors. I could have sold the produce but decided the cash proceeds would be less than the appreciation for the gift and joy of consumption expressed to me. My repeated attempts to produce carrots were unsatisfactory. So, to dispute you, there is always risk with agriculture and loss is possible, too.

Money used to purchase bonds is used to fund buildings and expansionary investments by the company issuing the bonds. I have borrowed and repaid funds to start a business, which did well for six years until I made some mistakes and I had to close the business. The lenders profited for the use of their capital for the time I used it.

Money can also purchase stocks, which is ownership in a large company. I work for the world’s largest company in our industry. Although I am good at what I do, I do not have the skills or experience to run the whole company. Owning stock gives me marginal ownership without requiring personal involvement. I feel there is a higher possibility of losing my job than losing my investment with this company. This danger will pass when a new, business-friendly president is elected in 2012.

Sun, October 23rd, 2011 8:32pm

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